It’s called basking and they do it for a reason, not just to catch a tan. In fact, it’s an important part of their daily routine. Skinks are cold blooded, that means that unlike us, they can’t generate their own body heat. They need to sit in the sun and warm up to get everything inside their body working properly. When basking they like to lie at right angles to the sun so the whole of their body feels the benefit of the sun’s warming rays.
Males and females look very different. Adult males have a bronze and turquoise body with small speckles of white whereas females and young skinks have a dark brown to black body with three creamy yellow stripes running from their head to their tail.
What do skinks eat? A range of insects. They’ve also been known to attack smaller lizards.
How long do skinks live? Up to six years.
Do the females only lay one batch off eggs? No, they can lay eggs twice during a season.
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